Rebecca Caudill Award 4th-8th
Information about the Rebecca Caudill Award.
The Rebecca Caudill Award is a student choice award for 4th-8th grade students in Illinois. To vote in February, a student needs to read at least three titles from the current year's list. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
Almost Home. Bauer, Joan. Viking, 2012. (Gr. 5-8)
Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.
Bomb: The Race to Build –and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Sheinkin, Steve. Macmillan, 2012. (Gr. 6-8)
Examines the history of the atomic bomb, discussing the discovery of the behavior of uranium when placed next to radioactive material, the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on societies around the world.
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading. Greenwald, Tommy. Roaring Brook, 2011. (Gr. 5-8)
Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
Chuck Close: Face Book. Close, Chuck. Abrams, 2012. (Gr. 4-8)
Artist Chuck Close introduces children to his art, shows the processes he uses in his studios, and answers questions about his life and the challenges--physical and mental--he has faced.
The Clockwork Three. Kirby, Matthew J. Scholastic, 2010. (Gr. 6-8)
As mysterious circumstances bring Giuseppe, Frederick, and Hannah together, their lives soon interlock like the turning gears in a clock and they realize that each one holds a key to solving the others' mysteries.
A Diamond in the Desert. Fitzmaurice, Kathryn. Viking, 2012. (Gr. 5-7)
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, thirteen-year-old Tetsu and his family are sent to the Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona where a fellow prisoner starts a baseball team, but when Tetsu's sister becomes ill and he feels responsible, he stops playing.
Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond. Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. Walker, 2012. (Gr. 4-5)
Explains the many ways that dogs are used in the military and how they are trained and cared for.
The False Prince. Nielsen, Jennifer A. Scholastic, 2012. (Gr. 5-8)
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook. Rocklin, Joanne. Abrams, 2012. (Gr. 4-6)
As ten-year-old Oona and younger brother Fred conspire to break their sick cat Zook out of the veterinary clinic, Oona tells the story of Zook's previous lives.
Legend. Lu, Marie. Putnam, 2011. (Gr. 7-8)
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
A Long Walk to Water. Park, Linda Sue. Clarion, 2010. (Gr. 5-8)
When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
Navigating Early. Vanderpool, Clare. Delacorte, 2013. (Gr. 6-8)
Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.
Never Say Die. Hobbs, Will. HarperCollins, 2012. (Gr. 5-8)
Fifteen-year-old half-Inuit Nick and his white brother, Ryan, meet and share an adventure on the Firth River in the Canadian Arctic, facing white water, wild animals, and fierce weather as Ryan documents the effects of climate change on caribou for National Geographic magazine.
The One and Only Ivan. Applegate, Katherine. HarperCollins, 2012. (Gr.4-6)
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
One for the Murphys. Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. Penguin, 2012. (Gr. 5-8)
Carley struggles with being open to love after she suffers a betrayal that forces her to move in with a foster family.
Saving Zasha. Barrow, Randi. Scholastic, 2011. (Gr. 5-8)
In 1945 Russia, those who own German shepherds are considered traitors, but thirteen-year-old Mikhail and his family are determined to keep the dog a dying man brought them, while his classmate Katia strives to learn his secret.
Slob. Potter, Ellen. Philomel, 2019. (Gr. 5-8)
Picked on, overweight genius Owen tries to invent a television that can see the past to find out what happened the day his parents were killed.
Tuesdays at the Castle. George, Jessica Day. Bloomsbury, 2011. (Gr. 4-8)
Princess Celie loves Tuesdays at Castle Glower, because every Tuesday the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes a whole new wing, and Celie likes to map the changes to the castle, but when her parents, King and Queen Glower are taken captive, it falls to Celie and her knowledge of the castle to defend their home and save the kingdom.
Ungifted. Korman, Gordon. HarperCollins, 2012. (Gr. 5-8)
Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.
Unstoppable. Green, Tim. HarperCollins, 2012. (Gr. 5-8)
Foster child Harrison, who dreams of playing in the NFL, is happy when he is put into a home with loving parents and a foster father who is a football coach, but, after becoming the star running back and suffering an injury, a cancer diagnosis threatens to ruin his future.
After reading a book from the Rebecca Caudill list either ask Mrs. Krouse for a bookmark to record your answers to a few simple questions to help you remember the book until time to vote in February, or download a set of three response bookmarks --- here.